On Disconnecting and Just Being

Last night, I left my phone at home and locked the door behind me.  I walked down streets I’d somehow never noticed in my four years living in this town, with nothing but my camera in hand and music in my ears.

And it felt amazing.  I don’t know if it was the walk on a gorgeous summer night cut by the slightest breeze, the weight of my camera in my hand, or being disconnected from Twitter and E-mail and phone calls or texts.  Maybe it was all of it, but the tears I cried walking past my freshman year dorm, and the scratch on my side from wrapping myself around a tree to get the perfect shot…it felt perfect.

Sometimes, I think, it’s important to remember where we came from.  That as wonderful as technology is, it wasn’t always a part of our world – and sometimes, maybe even often, it’s important to put that aside and just be.  Whether it be taking a long bath with a book and some music, going for a walk, or just sitting in the sunshine – we need time away from the television, the computer, and other people.  We need time to just be alone, and ourselves, and fully but not-entirely alert to everything surviving around us.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14434813258396817149 Jamie Gingerelli

    You took some beautiful photos on your stroll! Thanks for sharing them. And reminding us all to disconnect for a while, we might turn out something half add pretty :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04526288851432270960 Marielle Green

    I know what you mean. I feel so naked now when I go out walking without my iPod (helps me ignore creepers), but I want to do it more and notice the world around me. And I try to resist that urge to look at something when you’ve only been waiting around for ten seconds – drives me crazy whenever my boyfriend takes out his phone to look at Reddit when there’s been ten seconds of silence! It’s such a habit he doesn’t even realize it more than half the time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05055172653859087874 Anne

    Great post and a wonderful reminder for all of us to disconnect and connect with what is right in front of us. Love your photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00715563067298988683 Kelly Louise

    those photos are beautiful, i love the one of the leaves on the ground.
    sometimes when my boyfriend and i will have a “no devices” rule if we’re watching something or eating together. it’s not often lol, but sometimes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09385161105645416484 Stacia, Paper Swallow Events

    Your words ring so true for me. I used to struggle, as a small business owner, with guilt of being disconnected, but I’m learning to embrace it as I’ve realized how much more alive I am as I return to my clients after disconnecting for a couple hours.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00377823857343436791 Shannon Arielle

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00377823857343436791 Shannon Arielle

    Beautiful photos! I often feel disconnected myself between work and school. I feel so tired in between the two. I never take enough time to look at the beauty around me. Thank you for this post.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

    Such a wise post. I grew up before technological connection so I know what living unconnected is. Humans need that time, to relax and refresh our brains. People today allow themselves to be tethered to their cellphones and social media when those should be fun things to add on top of life, not life itself.